The University of Missouri Board of Curators has recognized Xiu-Feng “Henry” Wan, PhD as a Curators' Distinguished Professor. Wan is a professor of molecular microbiology and immunology with appointments in the School of Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine and College of Engineering. He also serves as director of the NextGen Center for Influenza and Emerging Infectious Diseases.
“I want to congratulate Dr. Wan on this prestigious honor,” said Richard J. Barohn, executive vice chancellor for Health Affairs and Hugh E. and Sarah D. Stephenson dean of the School of Medicine. “Dr. Wan has spent his career dedicated to studying infectious disease transmission and how to improve vaccine efficacy. His scholarship will continue to improve the well-being of Missourians and beyond.”
Curators’ Distinguished Professor is the highest and most prestigious academic rank awarded by the University of Missouri Board of Curators.
“These are prestigious appointments reserved only for outstanding scholars and teachers that are internationally recognized for their contributions,” said Mun Choi, president of the University of Missouri. “Their work elevates our understanding of the world around us and educates the next generation of leaders.”
Wan is known internationally for his work with influenza A and other pathogenic viruses used to develop vaccines, and how to improve vaccine effectiveness. His research also identifies how viruses emerge and spread between humans and animals. For example, he was recently highlighted in CBS News for a research study that suggests deer transmitted COVID-19 to humans.
"I am deeply humbled to receive this prestigious honor," Wan said. "My heartfelt gratitude goes out to my family for their support and to my dedicated team, including both current and former lab members.”
Wan is among 20 faculty members from across the UM System to earn the honor.